Peterhead’s utility man Jamie Stevenson says he’s ready to play in a number of positions again this season as they chase promotion from League Two.
After the disappointment of missing out on going up twice last campaign – by falling short of the title and then losing in the play-off final – the Blue Toon’s aim is promotion next term.
In recent years, Stevenson has been Mr Versatile for the Buchan outfit.
Last season, he performed well at right-back and left-back, as well as being used on the right and left sides of the midfield.
On occasions, the 33-year-old also played on the right side of a three-man attack.
Stevenson is happy to play wherever boss Jim McInally chooses again in the new season.
The player said: “Apart from Rory McAllister up front, Simon Ferry in midfield and the centre-halves, the team are usually flexible.
“I’m more than happy to play anywhere. As long as the team are winning, I’m happy to play my part wherever that may be.
“As long as we hit the ground running at the start of the league season, that is the most important thing.
“If we can start the league better than we have the last couple of years, then that will be good.
“It doesn’t matter about me and where I play and it’s not about me – it’s about the team.”
Peterhead play their last two friendlies ahead of the new season this weekend.
The Blue Toon face Fraserburgh at Bellslea on Saturday in Marc Dickson’s testimonial and Inverurie Locos on Sunday at Harlaw Park.
After that, the Balmoor outfit will be thrust into competitive action and they open the League Cup group stage campaign against Brechin at Glebe Park a week on Saturday.
With five summer signings (Ross Kavanagh, Paddy Boyle, Mick Dunlop, Cameron Eadie and Derek Lyle) already added, Stevenson believes Peterhead have a strong squad ready to start the new season.
He said: “We were so close (to promotion) last season and I don’t think there’s much we would have to add.
“The manager has been looking at bringing in fresh legs to freshen it up.
“I think we’ve got the core of a great team again this year, with Simon Ferry, Rory McAllister and others who were in the team last season. We built that last year and it’s straight down the spine of the team that we are strong. It’s been about trying to add wee bits to it.
“Hopefully, we can hit the ground running.
“In the last couple of years we’ve had good League Cup form and we want that again this year and to transition it into the league.”